Looking for adventure this summer?
While visitors can return to Wales from 13 July, many attractions and activities remain unavailable, so there’s never been a better time to go mountain biking.
And with the waymarked trails at Brechfa and Cwm Rhaeadr closed all summer for felling, there’s never been a better time to hire a mountain bike guide!
Choose from one of three packages:
Half day riding in and around Brechfa Forest, with or without the kids. Starting at the top of the forest and finishing at the bottom to save your legs. Suitable for all levels of experience. All on scenic forest tracks and moorland away from the trail centre.
The ultimate in social distancing. A full day in the middle of nowhere taking in the world-famous Doethie Valley, the even longer Towy Fords descent, and maybe a dip in a mountain lake. Good chance of literally not seeing another soul all day.
Full or half day of off-piste riding in and around Brechfa Forest. Choice of how hardcore you want it, from gravel to cross-country to enduro. Zero trail centre.Half days £60, full days £120
NB: Current restrictions mean I can only take out members of one household (no mixed groups).
My name is Chris and I am a fully qualified and insured mountain bike guide specialising in big days out for serious riders.
I love mountain biking and I love this part of the world with its rolling moorland, majestic forests and deep valleys. From rugged hilltop paths and historic bridleways to world-class trail centres and a vast network of enduro tracks, there is something here for everyone - if you can find it. I can tailor a ride to your exact needs and ensure that you make the most of the amazing riding on offer.
Brechfa Forest, Mynydd Mallaen, Cwm Rhaeadr, Caeo Forest, Doethie Valley, Tywi Forest, Elan Valley and Rhayader, Crychan Forest, Irfon Forest, Nant yr Arian, Hafren Forest, Dyfi Forest, Preseli, Brecon Beacons...
Racers and other very fit riders:
Imagine an MTB marathon designed just for you... As a battle-hardened endurance racer, often on a singlespeed, I have the fitness and experience to cater for the strongest riders who want to go further and faster than the norm. There are some superb loops in this area for anyone up to 50 miles or more in a day. And if you want to get really extreme, how about having a crack at my record* on the 105-mile
Trans Cambrian Way?
Fancy a bit of natural action as an alternative to trail centres, or a mixture of the two, or just need someone who knows the shortcuts to the best bits? From the rocky enduro trails of Brechfa or Caeo to the out-there-ness of the Doethie Valley to the splash-fest that is the Tywi Track and all stops inbetween, I can help maximise the fun stuff and save you the hassle of navigation. Expect an action-packed loop of 15-30 miles.
The MTB trails at Brechfa and Nant yr Arian are perfect for beginners and near-beginners (well, everyone really). I can help both adults and children learn the basic skills needed to cycle off-road safely and have as much fun as possible. You'll find me a patient, easygoing guy. I just take it out on my own family later.
I hold the MBLA Trail Cycle Leader qualification, which means I've trained in skills coaching, first aid, navigation, bike maintenance/repair and child protection, and I'm fully insured through British Cycling.
From £15 per hour for one-to-one down to as little as £4 per person per hour for groups.FAQ:
What do I need?
A properly working mountain bike, helmet, suitable clothing, food and drink
Will I get wet and muddy?
Click here to e-mail me or ring 07535 228559 to discuss your requirements. For news and photos from past epic rides, see my Facebook page. To see where I've been riding, see my Strava page. To check out my old racing blog, visit www.29gears.blogspot.co.uk.
I look forward to hearing from you!
(*Update June 2020: Now beaten by Matt Page of A Cycling!)